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Featured Course - Evidence-based psychotherapy for adults (PSYC7251)

Professor Kim Halford explains what evidence based means, and what’s in store for students in UQ’s clinical psychology program who are taking "Evidence-based psychotherapy for adults".

Evidence-based psychotherapy for adults (PSYC7251)

Why should you take this course?

If you are planning on becoming a clinical psychologist, you'll need the knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat the most common psychological disorders.

This course will give you the tools you need to develop an appropriate evidence-based treatment program to help people with these disorders.

In clinical psychology, an evidence-based approach is one that has been:

  • evaluated in a randomised, controlled trial on at least two occasions
  • shown to be better than no treatment, or plausible treatment.

Evidence-based treatment is about drawing on the whole spectrum of research evidence and theory to develop evidence-based methods for:

  • assessing, formulating and treating psychological disorders
  • developing an effective therapist-client relationship, with therapist empathy and warmth
  • evaluating whether the therapy is effective.

What will you learn in this course?

How, and why, you would perform psychotherapy for the most common psychological disorders:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • alcohol and substance abuse
  • panic disorder
  • adjustment difficulties
  • phobias
  • schizophrenia
  • bipolar disorder
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • eating disorders
  • sexual dysfunction.

You'll see demonstrations of treatment strategies, and act out case scenarios (i.e. role play) to practice what you've learned. Eventually, you'll get to apply what you've learned in the clinic with real clients.

In this course, you'll get to do what most people who want to study psychology aspire to do-work with people and treat them.

What do students typically say about the course? (What will I like about this course?)

Students like the practical, hands-on approach, where they are learning things that they can see will be useful to them.

Many of the students who start working as a clinical trainee find it a little daunting. What do you do when you have a patient who look to you and says, "My relationship broke up and I just can't get past it" or "When I go to the shops, my heart starts racing and I want to go home"? Most beginning psychologists ask:

  • "What do I say?"
  • "How do I start?"
  • "What would be helpful?"

This course will help you understand the available treatment possibilities and work out an evidence-based treatment plan that is acceptable to both you and your client.

What do I like about teaching the course?

I like the link between teaching the course, my own clinical practice, and my research. Bright students will ask me questions that force me to clarify my own thinking, which can influence how I work with my own clients and the direction of my own research.

I also enjoy interacting with other people who are deeply passionate and committed to clinical psychology. Postgraduate psychology students are idealistic and want to do good in the world. They are keen to do things that they see will make a better life for other people. It's fun to teach people things that you value and they value.

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PSYC7251 Evidence based psychotherapies for adults

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Created: Tuesday, 1st December 2009 by paulj
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